I finally finished my new film!
After a wonderful screening at the opening night of Cinema South. P.S. Jerusalem is on its way into the world. Five years of labor and pain came to a climactic conclusion on June 7 2015. The opening night event of Cinema South, in the Southern town of Sderot, on the border of Gaza. Luckily the minister of culture canceled last minute, most likely after she read in Haaretz what the film is about, and so no provocation got in between the audience and the film. My love and admiration for this place, Cinema South is so immense. A place where the programmers truly love cinema. Their choice to open the festival with my film was brave and very inspirational. Launching it’s life into the world could not have found a better place with such a strong sense of integrity. Thank you Cinema South.
PARTLY PRIVATE VOD
Many of you have asked me how you can’t watch Partly Private. Here is an accessible platform to watch on VOD or order the DVD from Amazon.
ARTE premiere for Family Albums – cinematography for Sameh Zoabi
“Identity is our legacy and not our inheritance; our invention and not our memory.” Mahmoud Darwich Questioning the Poet’s sentence about identity and transmission, four filmmakers draw up a sensitive portrait of the Arab world, driven by their own concerns, composed by their daily and intimate life, in four different places.
I hope all of you who took a look will now re-look and understand. This video was recorded at the Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem, a few days before the Cease Fire went into effect between the Israeli government and Hamas.
Last week we gathered together the community of Hand In Hand and made this small clip, it is a response to the War on Gaza, the unbearable racist society that surrounds us in Jerusalem, a glimpse of the pain and hope that the students wish to express.
I am sorry that there is no translation.
Busy busy busy working on a new film, I wish I had more time ….
A few months ago, I took my camera and went to film Jaffa Gate late at night. In a cafe right beside the New Imperial hotel in a small alley, I encountered this group of young men and women, singers practicing for midnight mass at the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. I wanted to share this moment with all, these beautiful people kept on singing into the night and I went home with my heart full.